We're having our wedding at a historical two-room school house. There are fourteen chalkboards mounted in the walls in both rooms, and of course, we totally got permission to write on them. So, we decided the cheapest way to decorate a literary-themed wedding is to take quotes from our favorite authors and poets about love, hope, marriage and happiness, and get a friend with good penmanship to put them up on the chalkboards for us.
I wanted a good mix of science fiction and classical writers that we both loved, so I turned to Google. I learned while doing my research was that… A) Lots of people don't cite the source, only the author, and verifying that the quote was accurate and finding out what book or poem took a lot longer than I anticipated, and B) Not everything you find on Pinterest is an accurate quote, or is mis-attributed. The Robert Fulghum quote is often cited as Dr. Seuss and the Walt Whitman has a lot of Pins as a stripped-down version of itself. I went to a wedding recently where they did cite the Fulghum quote as Suessian, and I had to really bite my tongue from saying anything. DOUBLE CHECK to avoid dorks like me internally freaking out about the inaccuracies!
I'd like to share with you all these awesome, (and researched!) steal-able quotes…
“Hope is a thing with feathers / That perches in the soul, / And sings the tune without the words / And never stops at all. –Emily Dickinson Journal: Hope Is the Thing with Feathers
“There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house … confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.” -Homer, The Odyssey
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” –A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
“He took her in his arms and kissed her, under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.” –The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” –Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
“Sometimes when you fall, you fly.” –Fables and Reflections by Neil Gaiman
“Love is that condition where another person's happiness is essential to your own.” –Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
“Happiness is the highest form of wisdom.” –Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
“Now I think all of us were born with a hole in our hearts, and we go around looking for the person who can fill it. You… you fill me up.” –Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
“Love is another kind of power, which shouldn't surprise you. Magic comes from emotions, among other things. And when two people are together, in that intimacy, when they really, selflessly love each other it changes them both. It lingers on in the energy of their lives, even when they are apart.” –Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
“We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.” –True Love by Robert Fulghum
“Mawwage. Mawwage is what bwings us togevah today. Mawwage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam wifin a dweam.” –The Princess Bride by William Goldman
“Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” –The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
“Day by day and night by night we were together — all else has long been forgotten by me.” –Once I Pass'd Through A Populous City by Walt Whitman
What quotes did you use for your wedding?